In last week’s post we addressed the top pet peeves of recruiters. There were tons of great responses, but we noticed a strong theme. Many of them came from job seekers who noted that recruiters aren’t perfect either — just like the rest of us.
In today’s post, we want to highlight the woes of job seekers, as many are at their wit’s end with recruiters and the bad habits they’ve developed. Here are the most popular pet peeves that drive job seekers crazy, pulled directly from your comments about recruiters:
The #1 sin (IMHO) committed by recruiters: no follow-up from the recruiter after the candidate has taken the time to complete the interview when the employer is not moving forward with that candidate,” says Financial Controller James Skinner. “I guess no contact is a clear sign you weren’t chosen, but a phone call from the recruiter with a formal update and reasons given by their client (if any) is the bare minimum of etiquette in my opinion. And not two weeks later.
Too focused on money
“What I dislike, I mean really dislike, are recruiters who ask you to submit salary expectations along with your CV,” says Research Director Ross Armstrong. “If I were to walk into an interview and the first thing out of my mouth is ‘What does this job pay?’ the recruiter would — and quite rightly so — rule me out immediately for being far [more] interested in money than in the job itself, or helping the company, or being a good corporate citizen, etc. Now let’s reverse it. When a prospective employer is asking for my salary expectations, then that says to me all the company cares about is how much I’m going to cost them.”